Tribal Print Briar Tee

Oh my gosh, are you guys sick of seeing all of my briar remixes yet?!

I really hope not, because here comes another one!

Last weekend, I decided that I needed a new shirt to wear to a workshop the next day, so I sat down and sewed one up that evening. I’ve sewn this pattern many times before (blogged one, two, three), so it only took about two hours from start to finish (including fabric layout and cutting + final pressing). You really can’t beat that!

Tribal Print Briar Tee

There’s a pocket on here too, but it’s hiding. Can you see it?

*** OOOOOOOH, MYSTERY POCKET! ***

Tribal Print Briar Tee Construction

Except for the wild fabric print, I kept it pretty basic this time. If you look at the back of the pattern booklet, this is the regular (long) length with a half-sleeve adjustment.

Half-sleeves are *officially* one of my favorite sleeve lengths! They are so versatile. You can easily throw a sweatshirt or jacket over them in the winter if you get too chilly (and you don’t have to worry about fighting an uncomfortable bunchy long-sleeve situation – yay!) and unless it’s absolutely sweltering outside, they’re nice in warm weather too.

Tribal Print Briar Tee

The entire shirt was stitched up on my sewing machine! My serger is currently MIA right now… it went in for what was supposed to be a quick repair at the end of November and… it is now February. Joann’s keeps saying that it’s in line for repairs and should be returning to them soon, but I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get it back. I mean, it’s already been three months! That seems crazy to me.

Have you guys ever had any trouble with sewing machine and/or serger repair? Have any tips?

Tribal Print Briar Tee Construction

As much as I love my serger and I think that it’s great for knits, I really didn’t mind sewing up this tee on my sewing machine. If you don’t have a serger and have never sewn with knits before, please don’t be intimidated. You can do it!

Tribal Print Briar Tee

Since I was sewing up this tee so quickly and I, uh, admittedly, errr, well, was feeling a little lazy, I decided not to switch over to my double needle for hemming. I just used the zigzag stitch on my machine. I think that it still looks pretty nice and actually kind of works with the print.

Tribal Print Briar Tee Construction

Oh! I forgot to mention the fabric! It’s a (cotton?) jersey knit from Girl Charlee. I purchased it over a year ago so they are out of this one, but it looks like they do currently have some other fun tribal prints in stock. I especially like this one and this one.

Tribal Print Briar Tee

Here are a few more quick construction pics:

Tribal Print Briar Tee Construction

Zigzag stitched hem and a quick peek at an inside seam (also zigzag stitched).

Tribal Print Briar Tee Construction

One of the sleeves (also folded up and zigzag stitched)

Okie doke folks, that’s just about it!

Tribal Print Briar Tee

You might have noticed that my hair is different! I dyed it back in October, actually. It was supposed to be a semi-permanent kind of thing, but my hair really loved the dye and just soaked it right up! I haven’t gotten tired of the color yet, so I just keep re-dyeing it. It’s definitely the wildest thing that I have ever done with my hair… but I kinda like it!

P.S. The glamorous backdrop that you see in these photos is the inside of a stairwell. As I’m writing this, it’s snowing outside. Big flakes too. And boy, is it FREEEEEEEEEEZING!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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Painted Moss Mini

It’s really tough to find a well-fitting denim skirt, am I right?

It’s one of those clothing items, like a well-fitting pair of jeans, that is practically a closet essential, but that you absolutely dread shopping for because you just know that you will have to try on at least a hundred pairs in order to find a decent fit.

I mean, if it fits well in the waist, it’s too tight in the hips; if it’s too tight in the hips, it’s too big in the waist. Or it’s too short/long/cheaply made/expensive/etc. Or the pockets are positioned funny. Or it doesn’t come in your size. Or it comes in your size but only in a really weird color.

Painted Moss Mini

So why waste time trying on oodles of ill-fitting skirts when you can just make your own, right?

Right.

Challenge Accepted.

That’s where the Moss Mini Pattern from Grainline Studios comes in…

Painted Moss Mini

When I was out skirt-pattern-hunting, I was looking for a pattern that had many ready-to-wear features like pockets, a front fly zip, and stylish shaping. This pattern fit the bill!

This was my first time sewing up one of Jen’s patterns and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! In fact, right after I finished this skirt, I hopped right on over and purchased her Archer Button-Up Shirt pattern. I do love a good button-up shirt! But we’ll come back to that in a future post!

In the meantime, back to the skirt…

Painted Moss Mini Construction

The directions are great! She even has some handy tutorials over on her blog to help you through some of the trickier things like inserting a fly front zipper, which I found particularly helpful.

Painted Moss Mini Construction

I sewed up the longest version of View A for this skirt. In other words, I cut out View A but lengthened the skirt down an inch or so from my size to the largest size of View A.

Right before I sewed up the hem, I decided that I actually still wanted to add a bit of length to the skirt (and I just couldn’t resist adding a pop of color) so I added on the bottom piece as a sort of a modified version of View B.

Here is what I used to make it:

Painted Moss Mini Construction

This was my next project right after my Breton-esque Briar Tee and I just couldn’t help myself. I’m addicted! The fabric paint is really fun to work with and I highly recommend it.

Painted Moss Mini Construction

If the term “fabric paint” is scaring you away, please have no fear! This isn’t the puffy paint stuff from School and Summer Camp that washes off in just a few loads of laundry. This is the real deal – fancy artist worthy stuff.

Painted Moss Mini

There aren’t any back pockets in this pattern, but you could certainly add your own if you wanted to! I kept it simple because I thought that it looked a little dressier that way.

Besides, it already has front pockets!

Painted Moss Mini Construction

I cut these pockets out of another small scrap of Liberty of London fabric that I had floating around in my stash from an old fabric order. It was something like a quarter yard, or something like that. I hadn’t really been sure what to do with it, but wanted to use it for something… and pockets seemed like just the thing!

Painted Moss Mini Construction

The pocket construction is great! You can tell that a lot of thought went into drafting this pattern. They don’t sag or droop in their normal state, but inside there is a fun pop of color!

Oooooooh… pretty!

Painted Moss Mini

Pockets are also great for doing this…

Painted Moss Mini

… Especially when you don’t know that the camera is still rolling, haha.

Ollie also approves! The denim fabric is both soft and snuggly. If you put this pup next to a stack of fabric, he will always rustle through all of them until he finds the softest one… and then promptly take a nap. So this is one of the highest compliments!

Painted Moss Mini

Okie doke folks, this was the last “catch up” post from back before the move! Next up… NYC (and something a little more chilly weather worthy)! I’m not sure how the whole taking photos thing is going to go here, so wish me luck!

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